Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I June 1
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter
Maria Salinas appointed as Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce incoming president & CEO
Yesterday, the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment of Maria Salinas as the Chamber's new president & CEO, effective Aug. 1, 2018. Salinas will be the first female CEO in the organization's history. Current President and CEO Gary Toebben will retire on July 1 after leading the Chamber for 12 years. READ THE PRESS RELEASE.
Remember to vote on June 5
Chamber endorses Sheriff Jim McDonnell and L.A. County Assessor Jeff Prang for second terms
The Chamber's L.A. Jobs PAC is endorsing the re-election of Sheriff Jim McDonnell and L.A. County Assessor Jeffrey Prang. McDonnell was originally elected at a challenging time and worked hard to reform the Department and implement programs to restore public faith in the Sheriff's office. Prang has taken an office that often flies under the radar and made it his mission to increase public accessibility and outreach. Both have done an excellent job during the last four years.
Chamber Board of Directors supports all five ballot measures
  • Prop 68 - CA Drought, Water, Parks, Climate Coastal Protection & Outdoor Access for All Act - SUPPORT
  • Prop 69 - Motor vehicle fees and taxes, restrictions on expenditures - SUPPORT
  • Prop 70 - Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund - SUPPORT
  • Prop 71 - Effective Date of Ballot Measures Amendment - SUPPORT
  • Prop 72 - Rainwater Capture Systems Excluded from Property Tax Assessments Amendment - SUPPORT
LEARN MORE about the five ballot measures, and our positions.
Enjoy a train ride adventure at the historic Fillmore & Western Railroad
Only one hour away from L.A. (near Magic Mountain) on Highway 126 is the small, historic town of Fillmore, CA. At the center of town is the majestic Fillmore & Western Railway, known as the "Home of the Movie Trains." This legendary railroad is home to vintage passenger and dining cars that date back as far as 1914. Their train cars and locomotives have been used in more than 600 major motion pictures and commercials. All year long, Fillmore & Western offers train ride excursions such as weekend scenic train adventures, murder mystery comedy lunch and dinner trains, holiday themed trains, special event trains and private chartered group trains. Some of their upcoming events include the Father's Day BBQ Lunch Train, Fourth of July Dinner with Fireworks Train, Hot August Nights Beer & Wine Train, Pumpkinliner to "The Patch," Zombie Hunter Train and North Pole Express! VISIT FWRY.COM for all the details, and book your special adventure today!
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced as keynote at BIZCON SoCal

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is confirmed to speak at the Chamber's BIZCON SoCal event. The Mayor joins a stellar list of speakers, including Gary C. Kelly, CEO, Southwest Airlines; Scott Budnick, ARC and Good Films; Betty Porto, Porto's Bakery & Cafe; Steve Lehman, Business Rockstars; and Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries. A conference focused on getting to the heart of business, BIZCON will be held on June 20, and will bring together entrepreneurs, professionals and thought leaders from companies large and small, across the Southern California region, for a business development conference and networking event hosted by the Chamber and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Los Angeles Office. RSVP TODAY.
Funding the Future

The Chamber hosted a reception Wednesday evening for L.A. Cash for College scholarship winners and their families. The scholarships were awarded to students who attended last fall's L.A. Cash for College - College and Career Convention and/or a financial aid workshop, filed their financial aid application on time and enrolled in college. L.A. Cash for College awarded 20 $1,000 scholarships over the two-day convention and awarded an additional 10 $1,000 scholarships to workshop participants. This year, in partnership with Wells Fargo, an additional $25,000 in scholarships was awarded to workshop participants. READ THE PRESS RELEASE.
Chamber hosts 2018 Chamber Board Administrative Assistant Appreciation Luncheon

On Wednesday, the Chamber hosted its annual appreciation luncheon to honor the hard work and dedication of the Chamber Board's administrative assistants. Attendees walked away with prizes and giveaways. Thank you to all of the administrative assistants who attended and our generous sponsors: the Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Vons Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal, Metro, Target, Ralphs, Sprinkles, Gonzalez Strategic Affairs, Terranea Resort, Office Depot and the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. SEE PHOTOS.
Chamber's Bixel Exchange partners with Snap Inc. to launch inaugural design academy

This summer, Bixel Exchange's L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline is partnering with Snap Inc., the makers of Snapchat, to launch the inaugural Snap Design Academy. The program is a hands-on, paid, 100-hour design training course for 20 students from Los Angeles area community colleges. Each student will participate in creative workshops, fireside chats and mentorship with Snap employees and L.A.-based artists. The students' final product will be inspired by Snapchat's Creative Tools. The deadline to apply is June 8. LEARN MORE about the Snap Design Academy.
NextLA marks one-year anniversary

NextLA, the Chamber's program for young professionals and the former L.A. Junior Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the first anniversary of its re-launch with a mixer at The Association in downtown Los Angeles. NextLA members and guests met like-minded young professionals, and learned more about what's next for the organization. An upcoming highlight is NextLA's inaugural full-day conference on Oct. 26 for millennials, by millennials. LEARN MORE and save the date!

The Action
Maria Salinas appointed as Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce incoming president & CEO
Policy This Week
Remember to vote on June 5
The Member
Enjoy a train ride adventure at the historic Fillmore & Western Railroad
The Opportunity
Funding the Future
Chamber hosts 2018 Chamber Board Administrative Assistant Appreciation Luncheon
Chamber's Bixel Exchange partners with Snap Inc. to launch inaugural design academy
NextLA marks one-year anniversary
Welcome New Chamber Members!
Cadiz, Inc.
Child Care Resource Center
Chamber Anniversaries
Diamond Club
120 years
Silver Circle
Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Inc. - 5 years
Bronze Circle
Children's Hospital Los Angeles - 20 years
The L.A. Hotel Downtown - 20 years
Small Business
Genesis Consultants - 5 years
Corner Bakery Cafe, Downtown L.A. - 5 years
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of California - 1 year
Green Pasture International - 1 year
Good News
Fiona Hutton & Associates Ranks No. 6 in the US by PRWeek - Fiona Hutton & Associates (FHA), recently ranked sixth on PRWeek's list of public affairs agencies in the United States. FHA focuses on some of California's most complex and controversial issues, including water and natural resources, health care, land use and development, infrastructure, energy and manufacturing, among others.
Vision To Learn and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Improve Eyesight in Compton Unified School District - On Friday, May 25, Vision To Learn (VTL) in partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) presented the gift of better sight to students at Dr. Ronald E. McNair Elementary. Almost 3,000 youth within the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) will receive glasses because of VTL and LADF efforts. Complete with the Dodgers branded mobile vision clinic and celebrities, it was a day the kids at McNair Elementary will never forget. READ MORE.
Rick Caruso Is Elected Chair of USC Board of Trustees - The University of Southern California Board of Trustees has elected Rick Caruso as its chair effective immediately. He succeeds John Mork, who completed his full five-year term as chair. READ MORE.
In the News...

"한·미 대표로 출전 영광... 친부모 찾고싶어," Korea Times, 5.25.18; L.A. Chamber Taps Local Finance Exec Maria Salinas as First Female CEO, Los Angeles Business Journal, 5.30.18; Maria Salinas Appointed as Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Incoming President and CEO, L.A. Biz, 5.30.18; Businesswoman to Helm L.A. Area Chamber, Los Angeles Downtown News, 5.30.18
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